Know Our Heritage

The African-American Experience in Cleveland

"Know Our Heritage" is inspired by the Cleveland Restoration Society's 40th anniversary project, The African American Experience in Cleveland. With support from the Ohio History Fund, we share with you the important connections between historic sites in Cleveland and the significant people and events that shaped them.

African Americans have made tremendous contributions to life in Greater Cleveland. Through a comprehensive building survey, Know Our Heritage emails, online photo galleries, and this digital publication, the Cleveland Restoration Society has collected stories of people and places in order to preserve this rich history for future generations.

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  • Great MigrationThe Great Migration

  • The Black Church

  • The Jewish-African American Connection

  • Blacks in Business

  • arthurArts & Culture

  • arthurThe Civil Rights Movement


The Ohio Arts Council helped fund the Cleveland Restoration Society with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans.

The Know Our Heritage Education Program has been made possible in part by a grant from the Ohio Historical Society's History Fund.  The History Fund is supported exclusively by voluntary donations of Ohio income tax refunds and designated gifts to the Ohio Historical Society. 

The Know Our Heritage Education Program has been developed with the help of Dawn Ellis, community volunteer; CRS staff;  and the 40th Anniversary Legacy Project Task Force. Thanks to the Ohio Historic Preservation Office Certified Local Government grant program, supported by the U.S. Dept. of the Interior's Historic Preservation Fund, and the Abington Foundation, for the generous support of this project.